From its creepy, CGI turtles to its generic and cheesy plot, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot hasn’t sat well with critics. While it’s directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Michael Bay served as a producer, and his bombastic, visual style has a clear mark on the film. A little too mature for younger audiences, it’s going to be hard for the “Ninja Turtles” to top Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the box office.
The Date Movie
Based on the best-selling novel by RIchard C. Morais, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a romantic comedy about a displaced Indian family who opens up a restaurant in a small French town. Tensions rise when Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), a rival restaurateur from across the street, takes issue with their cuisine. The friction doesn’t stop Hassan (Manish Dayal), a chef at the Indian family’s eatery, from falling in love with Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), a sous chef under Madame Mallory’s tutelage.
Reviews have been mixed about this film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, as Globe critic Peter Keough calls it a “movie about food that I’m forgetting already.” While it may not win an Oscar any time soon,the flick is tailor made for foodies and has a cute enough plot to entice date night couples. Next
The Action Thriller
”Into the Storm” is like 1996’s “Twister,” just without any A-list stars — or much of a plot. That said, critics are praising the film’s special effects despite its formulaic structure. Globe critic Ty Burr even called the flick “a lot of fun” although it plays into the “weather porn” genre. If you like big-budget diaster films, “Into the Storm” will be an entertaining watch. Next
Other than the “Ninja Turtles” reboot, there aren’t a lot of solid 3-D offerings this weekend. The only other new flick that’s being released in the format is the Channing Tatum-less “Step Up: All In.” The latest entrant to the dance franchise hasn’t really gone over well with the critics, with The Hollywood Reporter saying that, “the film could have been written by a dance movie plot generator.” Ouch.
There aren’t a lot of new, independent flicks coming out this weekend, but you can still get your indie fix on at the Brattle Theatre. The Cambridge venue will be hosting the last two days of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival on Aug. 8-9. The fest, which kicked off on Aug. 5 at the Somerville Theatre, has a number of interesting nominees from a variety of genres this year. Winners will be crowned at the festival’s after party, which will be held at the Harvard Square Tasty Burger on Saturday, Aug. 9. Back to the beginning
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